Jai Jawan all the way

A lot has been written about how our armed forces have worked tirelessly to rescue thousands of people trapped in the various regions of Uttrakhand following heavy rains and flash floods, which have claimed hundreds of lives.

However, the deeds of valour by our jawans, who have at a great personal risk pushed themselves beyond all limits, need to be always remembered and applauded.

In fact Jawans and personnel from the Indian Army, Air Force, Navy, the Indo Tibetan Border Police and several other agencies have demonstrated that if there is a will there is always a way.

It is the uniformed forces that have always come out to ease the pain of their fellow citizens and this has repeatedly happened when our civil administrators failed to deliver on the ground.

While it is not the time to blame anybody at this moment, the government must at a later date fix accountability and bring to book all those who either did not perform their duties in the various districts or those who contributed to this tragedy by giving clearances to buildings next to the river front in many areas.

The Uttrakhand government’s total failure and the lack of sensitivity on the Chief Minister’s part and some of his colleagues have been highlighted during this tremendous adversity.

Had it not been for our Jawans and some volunteers belonging to the Sikh Gurdwara Committee and the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh, the death toll could have been far more than what it is now.

These selfless people have exhibited how concern for fellow citizens is extremely important in the task of nation building. They have lessons even for our politicians who since the tragedy struck have been busy scoring brownie points.

Both the BJP and Congress leaders need to be reminded that in the face of natural disasters and calamities, the entire nation should contribute collectively.

The State governments whether it is Gujarat or Andhra or Tamil Nadu or anyone else must realise that a broader look at things to save human lives is of paramount importance.

The spirit of the armed forces initiative was spelt out by the Air Chief who gave an assurance, which was, not only heart warming but also showed the courage, guts and commitment of our men in uniform.

He stated that the rotors of the Air Force Choppers would not stop rotating till the last person was not taken out from the endangered areas.

The rescue work has continued with the same zeal even after a rescue Chopper with 20 people on board crashed in the hills.

The entire country pays tributes to those killed in action and pray for their families to bear such a big loss.

The Army and ITBP jawans have been building bridges and escorting the trapped people out from various places and have also provided them relief in form of medicines, food items and shelter.

Similarly, the Navy divers have provided logistic support to their counterparts.

The deeds of our Jawans are of the highest nature. The whole country should salute them in admiration. Long live this spirit of huge national service.

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